Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel (right) and Shaukat Manzoor Cheema. File photos
Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel, Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, and Shaukat Manzoor Cheema, who was a member of the Punjab assembly, both died on Wednesday. Cheema was elected on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket in 2018 from PP-51 Gujranwala constituency.
Kakakhel was elected from the constituency of PK-63 Nowshera on a Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) ticket in the 2018 general elections.
So far, eight members of the KP assembly have been infected with coronavirus which includes Madiha Nisar, Kamran Bangash, Dr Amjad Ali,
Another two lawmakers with the virus died at different hospitals in Pakistan on Tuesday, and one died earlier.
So far, eight members of the KP assembly have been infected with coronavirus which includes Madiha Nisar, Kamran Bangash, Dr Amjad Ali, Bahadur Khan, Ziaullah Bangash, Shafiq Afridi and Inayatullah Khan.
Pakistan recorded its highest single-day increase in infections on Wednesday, when 4,131 new cases and 67 deaths were confirmed in 24 hours.
Information Minister Shibli Faraz held a televised news conference in which he asked people to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Faraz, who wasn't wearing a mask, said: "You need to hold an umbrella when it rains, otherwise you will get soaked. Similarly, if you want to avoid getting infected, you must take the necessary precautions.”
Pakistan has recorded a total of 80,463 confirmed cases and 1,688 deaths since February.
In a separate development, the COVID-19 has infected more than 100 doctors in three government hospitals — Allied, District Headquarters (DHQ) and General Hospital — of Faisalabad, Punjab province.
Doctors alleged the district administration was responsible for such a state of affairs. Corroborating their claim, they said new wards have been set up at the Allied and DHQ hospitals without precautionary measures although sufficient beds were available at the General Hospital Ghulam Muhammadabad, which is dedicated for the COVID-19 treatment. It has 250 beds and only 60 are being occupied.
"The government is providing doctors with all the facilities. Doctors all over the world who are fighting the virus on the frontlines are dying. The situation in Pakistan is no different," Punjab health secretary said.
The sealing of high-risk area comes as Pakistan reported 6,472 news cases on Saturday, the country's highest single-day total. Pakistan has confirmed a total of 132,405 cases, including 2,551 deaths.
Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs.
The surge in deaths and number of corona patients also indicate the looming danger, said a research done by Geo News, which is based on experts’ comments and analysis of data collected from four big cities of the country.
Several infrastructure projects and emissions from nearby refineries were the possible reasons, said a government official who did not want to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.
"I think it's very exciting that the UAE, an OPEC member, is going to host COP28, and it's so important that you have an oil and gas producing nation step up and say we understand the challenge of the climate crisis,” Kerry told Reuters in an interview.
The general rule is that if an expatriate resident stays outside the UAE for more than 180 days continuously, his/her residence visa will be nullified automatically.
The UAE and Saudi ministries said the success of the mediation efforts was a reflection of the mutual and solid friendship between their two countries and the United States of America and the Russian Federation.